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Green Onions

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
There's not a note or a nuance out of place anywhere on this record, which featured 35 of the most exciting minutes of instrumental music in any category that one could purchase in 1962 and it's no slouch multiple decades out, either. "I Got a Woman" is the single best indicator of how superb this record is and this band was -- listening to this track, it's easy to forget that the song ever had lyrics or ever needed them, Booker T. Jones' organ and Steve Cropper's guitar serving as more-than-adequate substitutes for any singer. Their version of "Twist and Shout" is every bit as satisfying. Even "Mo' Onions," an effort to repeat the success of "Green Onions," doesn't repeat ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
There's not a note or a nuance out of place anywhere on this record, which featured 35 of the most exciting minutes of instrumental music in any category that one could purchase in 1962 and it's no slouch multiple decades out, either. "I Got a Woman" is the single best indicator of how superb this record is and this band was -- listening to this track, it's easy to forget that the song ever had lyrics or ever needed them, Booker T. Jones' organ and Steve Cropper's guitar serving as more-than-adequate substitutes for any singer. Their version of "Twist and Shout" is every bit as satisfying. Even "Mo' Onions," an effort to repeat the success of "Green Onions," doesn't repeat anything from the earlier track except the tempo, and Jones and Cropper both come up with fresh sounds within the same framework. "Behave Yourself" is a beautifully wrought piece of organ-based blues that gives Jones a chance to show off some surprisingly nimble-fingered playing, while "Stranger on the Shore" is transformed into a piece of prime soul music in the group's hands. Just when it seems like the album has turned in all of the surprises in repertory that it could reasonably deliver, it ends with "Comin' Home Baby," a killer jazz piece on which Steve Cropper gets to shine, his guitar suddenly animated around Jones' playing, his quietly trilled notes at the crescendo some of the most elegant guitar heard on an R&B record up to that time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2012
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072339606
  • Catalog Number: 33960
  • Sales rank: 40,405

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Green Onions (2:55)
  2. 2 Rinky-Dink (2:40)
  3. 3 I Got A Woman (3:33)
  4. 4 Mo' Onions (2:54)
  5. 5 Twist And Shout (2:11)
  6. 6 Behave Yourself (3:57)
  7. 7 Stranger On The Shore (2:21)
  8. 8 Lonely Avenue (3:27)
  9. 9 One Who Really Loves You (2:24)
  10. 10 Can't Sit Down (2:50)
  11. 11 A Woman, A Lover, A Friend (2:33)
  12. 12 Comin' Home Baby (3:15)
  13. 13 Green Onions (3:43)
  14. 14 Can't Sit Down (4:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Booker T. & the MG's Primary Artist
Steve Cropper Guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Booker T. Jones Organ
Lewis Steinberg Bass
Al Jackson Jr. Drums
Packy Axton Saxophone
Technical Credits
Nick Phillips Reissue Producer
Doc Pomus Composer
William Robinson Composer
Bob Altshuler Original Liner Notes
Rob Bowman Liner Notes
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Haig Adishian Cover Design
Sidney Wyche Composer
Chris Clough Reissue Producer
Winley Composer
Dorough Composer
Muldrow Composer
Mellin Composer
Irving Schild Cover Photo
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